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Fastest supercomputer in Europe runs Linux

SuperMUC, the fastest supercomputer in Europe and world’s fourth most powerful supercomputer runs SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. The system was built by IBM and  has the distinction of being the single fastest x86-based supercomputer. The Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences recently celebrated its 50th anniversary.

A statement issued by SUSE says that the supercomputer has a unique cooling system inspired by human blood circulation that significantly reduces energy consumption. The supercomputer is reportedly designed so that some of the energy can be recaptured and used to heat buildings at the LRZ campus. The statement also says that the SuperMUC has 155,000 processor cores capable of delivering a total of 3 petaflops of processing power. A report on Slashdot indicates that the computer has 324 terabytes of memory.

SUSE Linux runs on approximately one-third of the world’s top 25 supercomputers. Some prominent examples of SUSE-powered supercomputers include Jaguar at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Blacklight at the Pittsburgh Super Computer Center, JUGENE at the Jülich Research Centre, Pleiades at NASA’s Ames Research Center, and Columbia at NASA’s advanced supercomputing facility.

(Source: http://arstechnica.com)

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